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The Evolving Congress

National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
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The modern Congress has faced major shifts in the political landscape, technology and society’s expectations for representation. Just as the wider world has changed dramatically in the last 100 years, so too has Congress, even while some of its traditions and practices have remained intact. Understanding these developments is essential to understanding the future of the institution and its ability to address the domestic and international challenges that lie ahead.

For its centennial celebration, the Congressional Research Service analyzed important trends and influences, both external and internal, in the evolution of the institution over the last many decades in its report, The Evolving Congress. The result is a comprehensive assessment of how and why Congress evolved over the previous decades to where it is today.

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the National Capital Area Political Science Association hosted a distinguished panel to hear perspectives and insights into the future of the legislative branch and its policymaking process.


John Sides
Associate Professor of Political Science, George Washington University

Colleen Shogan
Deputy Director, Congressional Research Service

John Haskell
Assistant Director, Government and Finance Division, Congressional Research Service

Sarah Binder
Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution

Don Wolfensberger
Resident Scholar, BPC

Moderated by:

John Fortier
Director, Democracy Project, BPC


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